turn the tables

Meaning(s)

1. reverse a trend or likely outcome

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Professional

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turn the tables on enemies/rivals/competition

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When you 'turn the tables' it means to reverse your position or to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. You might 'turn the tables' in a sporting event or in a debate by reversing an argument. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. If you know how to turn the tables on an enemy, it will put you at an advantage.
  2. By using a variety of martial arts moves, you can learn different ways to turn the tables on your opponent.

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  1. This new product will really turn the tables on our competitors.
  2. Our Sales have been dropping for a while now, but our new marketing strategy will turn the tables.

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